Rainbow Nation can be a lesson for Palestinians

OPINION by Peter Fabricius. What is the real purpose of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’s visit to South Africa this week to meet President Jacob Zuma in Cape Town on Tuesday? Both Pretoria and Ramallah have indicated it’s about the French initiative to try to achieve a peace settlement between Israel[…]

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Palestinian lawmaker Rabiha Diab dies at age 62

The Fatah movement on Friday mourned the death of one of its representatives at the Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC), Rabiha Diab, who passed away aged 62.Diab had been detained by Israeli forces seven times, spent a total of nearly seven years in Israeli jails, was sentenced to house arrest twice,[…]

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Blast kills Palestinian official in Lebanon

An explosion in the southern Lebanon city of Sidon killed an official from the Palestinian Fatah movement on Tuesday, members of the group said. The dead man was identified as Fathi Zaydan, a Fatah official responsible for the Palestinian camp of Mieh Mieh in Sidon. An Al Jazeera Arabic reporter[…]

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Hamas rejects demand to hand over Gaza rule

Hamas officials on Wednesday rejected demands by Fatah leadership to hand over rule of the Gaza Strip and called for an “uprising” against Palestinian Authority security forces. Fatah leader Azzam al-Ahmad had said on Sunday that Hamas “foiled” efforts towards a unity government, and that the group must hand over[…]

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Fatah official unity government talks ongoing

A senior Fatah official said Sunday that talks are ongoing to form a unity government, despite objections by Hamas that the process lacks a cross-party consensus. Amin Maqboul, a senior official in Fatah, told Ma’an that “talks have not failed, and we’re still seeking to form a unity government despite[…]

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Palestinian reconciliation hits rock bottom

A year after rival political parties Hamas and Fatah agreed to end their bitter divisions, the unity deal they signed appears to be on the brink of collapse. This week, a ministerial delegation from the Ramallah-based consensus government headed to the Gaza Strip, the stronghold of Hamas, for what was to[…]

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From jail, Barghouthi urges ‘armed resistance’

Jailed Palestinian leader Marwan Barghouthi urged the Palestinian leadership to give its backing to “armed resistance” against Israel in a letter published Tuesday as a wave of violence surged. The call came after months of clashes in and around annexed East Jerusalem and a growing number of deadly Palestinian attacks[…]

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Abbas wants to move Arafat shrine to Jerusalem

President Mahmoud Abbas said Sunday the shrine of late President Yasser Arafat wills be moved to Jerusalem, the capital of Palestine, at the earliest possible opportunity. Abbas said during a ceremony opening Arafat’s museum in Ramallah that the late Palestinian leader deserves to “remain immortal in the hearts of our[…]

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Explosions hit Fatah officials in Gaza Strip

A series of co-ordinated explosions have targeted the homes of several leaders of President Mahmoud Abbas’ Fatah Party in the Gaza Strip, a party official has said. There was no immediate claim of responsibility, but the explosions early on Friday occurred at a time of rising tensions with the rival[…]

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